Peanut Rules 2017 Revised
Peanut Division Rules
1) Any manager or coach arguing with the umpire gets one (1) game suspension. Discretionary
calls are not debatable. If an improper rule call is made, wait for the ball to become dead, then
both managers can approach the umpire for clarification.
2) The team in the field will provide an umpire if one is not available.
3) Scorecards will be exchanged between managers prior to the game.
4) Only one (1) manager and four (4) coaches will be allowed in the dugout.
5) The catcher for each game can/will be an opposing manager or coach.
6) The defensive coach must be on the outfield grass while the ball is live. No coaches are
permitted on the playing field other than the pitcher, catcher or the manager. All other coaches
must be behind the backstop.
7) The fielding manager or adult pitcher cannot interfere with the play on the field.
8) All pitching must be overhand and will be pitched by an adult.
9) One (1) adult in each of the first base and third base coaching boxes. Any touching of the
runner by the coach will result in an automatic out.
10) Every player bats the entire game, but only eleven players will be on the field. If a live ball
injures a fielder, as ruled by the umpire, each runner will advance only one base and the ball is
11) Teams may play with a minimum of seven players, with no pitcher. If additional players arrive,
pitcher’s position is filled first. If a team does not have seven players after a fifteen minute
waiting time, the game will be played with the other team giving players to the deficient team.
No game will be forfeited. No games count; there are no standings. All teams make the
12) Each player will be entitled to six (6) pitches or three (3) swings. A foul tip on the last pitch
entitles the batter to one (1) more swing.
13) If an injured player can’t continue to bat, the next batter in the line-up will bat with the existing
14) The umpire will warn batters when a bat is thrown.
15) Only one (1) batter can be on deck. If more than one (1) player is on deck, the umpire will
issue a warning. Second warning is considered to be a team out.
16) Player will be in full uniform and shirt must be tucked into their pants. Cleats and cups are
17) NO BATS, FOOD OR SMOKING ALLOWED ON THE FIELD.
18) All games will be six (6) innings long. The game ends if home team is ahead after 5 ½ innings.
19) Mercy rule. No more than six (6) runs can be scored in any half inning by either team, except
in the 6th inning. If mercy rule has not been invoked in the first five (5) innings by any one
team, the rule is void in the 6th inning.
20) If the mercy rule has been invoked by either team, then all runs are counted in the 6th inning for
each player crossing home plate safely. After the 6th run has scored prior to an out or dead
ball being called, the inning ends.
21) Runners will not leave the base until the ball is hit. If a runner does leave the base early, the
runner is to be brought back one base, if possible, by the umpire.
22) Fielders must not be in the base runner’s path. If a fielder interferes with the runner, the
runner can get the attempted base on the discretion of the umpire. If a batted ball hits a runner
before the ball passes an infielder other than a pitcher, the runner is out.
23) If a runner is hit by a thrown ball or the runner kicks a thrown ball, the ball is dead and the
runner gets the attempted base.
24) If two (2) runners end up on the same base, a play must be made for the runner to be out.
Lead runner is assessed the out.
25) If a runner passes another runner, the passed runner is out.
26) No player other than the pitcher can be near the mound. The pitcher cannot be a baseman.
27) The ball is dead when an attempted throw is made to the child pitcher in the vicinity of the
mount. The ball is dead when the batter reaches the first base and no throw has been made.
28) No more than five (5) infielders. The infield is considered to be the inner grass and dirt area.
29) Outfielders must play on the grass beyond the dirt area until the ball is hit. Short center fielder
must be near 2nd base on the outfield grass while a player is at bat.
30) No sliding. PENALTY – child who slides is out.
31) On an overthrow to any base, the runners may advance only one base. The base runner must
safely make the base he/she is going to, or he/she is out.
32) Overthrow – if a fielder has to leave the base, stretch or jump to reach a ball unless it touches
the fielder’s glove.
33) A line will be drawn halfway between bases to act as a guide to the umpire in determining if the
base runner is entitled to the next base when the ball becomes dead. Bases are 45 feet apart.
34) A bounced ball that is hit is fair. Home plate is fair. The foul lines are fair.
35) A ball hit into the infield by a batter may entitle the batter to first base only. Each runner can
advance two (2) bases only. On an overthrow (Rule #30) to a base, the runners must return to
first base before advancing to second.
36) A ball hit into the outfield by a batter may entitle the batter to second base only. Each runner
can advance two (2) bases only. On an overthrow (Rule #30) to a base, the runners may
advance one base only.
37) The outfielders may not make a play at any base. An infielder touching the outfield grass is
considered an outfielder. EXCEPTION: Short center field may make a play at second base
only on a fielded ball. If the short center fielder moves to a new position he/she is no longer a
short center fielder and cannot make a play at second.